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The Trentham Estate wins a Highly Commended Award at the 2014 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

15 May 2014

Visit England Awards

The Trentham Estate has won a Highly Commended Award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 Ceremony.

A Highly Commended Award is a considerable achievement and recognises Excellence in Tourism in England. The Trentham Estate was presented with their Highly Commended Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 12 May 2014 at The Jockey Club, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.

Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “It is a great achievement to win a Highly Commended Award in a field of very high quality applications. The Award places The Trentham Estate in the top five businesses for excellence in their category in England.  I warmly congratulate them on this achievement.”

The Trentham Estate received their award from Sue Gill, Welcome to Excellence Training, and James Berresford, Chief Executive at VisitEngland.

A philosophical Mike Herbert, Director of The Trentham Estate and Regional Director of St. Modwen Properties commented: “Tonight was all about The Trentham Estate taking its rightful place at the top table of the domestic tourism industry. We always knew that we were up against some outstanding competition in our category, but to have been shortlisted for the top prize, and come away with a Highly Commended award is still a fantastic achievement.

“This is another great moment in the Estate’s long history.  It’s a fitting tribute to all of the staff and management at The Trentham Estate - as well as to all of our tenants.  But most importantly of all, it’s something the people of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire can be equally proud of.  They’ve taken Trentham to their hearts again, and helped to put it on the winners’ rostrum. We’d just like to thank everyone who took time to vote for us in the Enjoy Staffordshire awards, which put us through to the National Finals.”

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Notes to Editors

The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.

It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3m visitors per year and was Highly Commended by VisitEngland in the Large Visitor Attraction category in their Awards for Excellence 2012. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate welcomed 430,000 paying visitors in 2013 - making them one of the most visited Gardens in the UK.  Owned by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate - which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland - has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. It boasts the famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake; the Trentham Garden Centre and Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries; Trentham Monkey Forest - home to 140 endangered Barbary macaques; Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course, and a 119 bedroom Premier Inn hotel.

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